10/28/2011 02:29 EDT | Updated 12/28/2011 05:12 EST

Fewer visitors to Nova Scotia this year; minister blames poor weather

HALIFAX - There were three per cent fewer visitors to Nova Scotia from January to August compared to the same period last year.

The province says international visitors, including those from the United States, decreased two per cent but room nights sold in the province were on par with last year.

Tourism Minister Percy Paris says poor weather has had an impact on tourism in the province so far this year.

Air travel to the province was up nine per cent compared to 2010, while road travel decreased by seven per cent.

Cruise ship passengers in Halifax showed a six per cent increase over the same period last year while Sydney was up 40 per cent.